After exam success, HK twin prodigies release book
Saturday 05 March 2011
Ten-year-old Hong Kong twins who sailed through British high school exams and fuelled debate over the "Tiger Mother" approach to parenting released a book Friday detailing their road to success.
Estephe and his sister Perrine Corlin scored straight "As" in maths papers that are normally taken by 16-year-olds, with their mother attributing their success to a gruelling schedule.
The twins' Malaysian-born mother Rosalind Corlin described her children's book, "The Roar of the Tiger Cubs", as "intimate and entertaining", adding it was intended "to inspire other children to do well".
The book comes hot on the heels of Chinese-American author Amy Chua's bestseller about her no-nonsense child-rearing which sparked a flurry of criticism over strict "Chinese" parenting methods versus more relaxed Western ways.
"Nothing of what they're doing is impossible," said Rosalind Corlin. "It just requires hard work and commitment."
The book details the busy childhood of the twin prodigies, who are also swimming champions, judo brown belts and sailing veterans.
The half-Malaysian and half-French twins, who penned 19 of the 24 chapters, told reporters they found it challenging having to split time between school, extracurricular activities and writing a book.
"Now I don't know what I would do if I had a lot of free time," Estephe said.
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